In a very expensive city the Staten Island Ferry is a wonderful (free) option to add to any visit. The ferry boat goes past the Statue of Liberty offering wonderful views - and of the Manhattan skyline as well. You can walk down to the ferry terminal after visiting the 911 site etc., not more than 15 minutes. Ferries depart all the time but make sure you arrive early enough to be near the front of the line. Head upstairs - not to the first deck but rather the 2nd deck (not many people know of this) and go out on the righthand side of the boat for direct views of the top sights. There are benches along the windows but if you sit there you will not be able to see due to all the people standing in front. You are better off taking a place along the railing to make sure you are not blocked out.
You must get off in Staten Island but if you are quick about it you can go into the Terminal and turn right around and get back on the same boat!
Finally, the pretzel/food shop in the terminal (Manhattan side) has the most amazing pretzels ever!
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